From May 31st to June 2nd, you are invited to come to NYC and be a part of an historical event, which will celebrate the impact of Irmgard Bartenieff's work, her founding of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS, in 1978, and all the work that has been developed since then by CMAs and others in the Laban Movement Studies Field. 

Please see detailed information at the Institute website:

See you then, or before, if you give us the pleasure of your visit in NYC!

Global Water Dances announced yesterday that it has merged with LIMS

New York, NY. – January 17, 2017 – In a bold move to increase local and global environmental awareness through the art of dance, particularly a world invested in clean and safe water for all, Global Water Dances (GWD) announced today that it merged with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS

GWD at LIMS brings together the Institute's recognized 39 years of non-profit History, its consistency in producing dance events (MOSAIC, for example, is in its 14th year) and other cultural programs, and the strength of its international network of CMAs and esteemed professionals in the Movement Studies field, with GWD’s amazing skills in awareness raising, online advocacy, and socially engaged dance work.

I am thrilled by the potential impact that this merging will create,” said Regina Miranda, CEO and Director of Arts & Culture of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS. GWD’s fusion of dance, culture, media, and online advocacy complements LIMS’ history, adding to the organization’s Arts & Culture programming the aspect of communities’ engagement through the arts. We believe that together we will reach new audiences, have greater ability to poetically illuminate the crucial issue of safe water for all.”

Enthusiastic reaction to Cheryl Clark's appointment as LIMS Director of Education

 Yesterday's announcement of CMA Cheryl Clark as LIMS Director of Education was received with enthusiasm by the Laban & Bartenieff community, who came forward expressing admiration for Clark's work at LIMS and praising the initiative of LIMS' CEO, Regina Miranda inviting her for the position.   

"Joy! Spreading with light weight for Cheryl and LIMS. " - Nathan
"Thank you Regina and Cheryl, our work, our discipline, draws together people who want movement and community to grow and to affect our world.  Thank you for helping us all to be the most we can as CMA’s." - Fanchon Shur
"I'm so thrilled to hear that Cheryl will be stepping into this important position! Brava! Congratulations to LIMS and to Cheryl - Peggy Hackney
"Congratulations Cheryl! Magnificent choice, Regina! What great good fortune for the LIMS community and future LIMS students." Nancy Allison

Miranda comments on the importance of this feedback: "It is very important for us when the community gives us feedback about the initiatives we implement at LIMS. It shows the importance of the organization for movement professionals, and reassures us of the paths we choose to better serve the Laban & Bartenieff field." 

LIMS CMA, Dr. Dianna Woodruff will offer a WEBINAR on November 3rd at 8PM EST


Somatic Therapist and LIMS Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) Dr. Dianne Woodruff is doing a series of online webinars for those interested in keeping the body moving better.  This work is infused by Laban and Bartenieff Movement Theories and Practices.
Whether it is for personal interest or if you are a somatic movement practitioner, this webinar is for everyone.

We at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS recommend this experience.

Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

Excerpts from Dr. Lavine's article  - "A tribute to Irmgard Bartenieff"

" Few peo­ple have even heard of her. 

But of all the teach­ers, men­tors and inspi­ra­tional peo­ple I’ve been exposed to, Irm­gard Barte­ni­eff has had the biggest influ­ence on the way I under­stand human move­ment and health.

She was born in Berlin in 1900, stud­ied with Rudolf Laban and other nota­bles of Ger­man Expres­sion­is­tic mod­ern dance, fled the Nazi regime for New York, stud­ied phys­i­cal ther­apy, and was a pio­neer in polio treat­ment, dance ther­apy, and dance ethnog­ra­phy. She was the founder of the Laban Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies (later renamed the Laban/Bartenieff Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies), one of the world’s fore­most train­ing pro­grams for schol­ars, teach­ers, chore­o­g­ra­phers, prac­ti­tion­ers, ana­lysts, non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists, ethno­g­ra­phers, and all those who work in the move­ment field.

Though she died in 1981, she’s still decades ahead of her time in her views of movement. For exam­ple, she grasped that move­ment is adap­tive, that it forms the inter­face between the human being and the envi­ron­ment. Par­tic­u­larly the social envi­ron­ment.  That means that move­ment sys­tems (like the Alexan­der Tech­nique or Feldenkrais) that empha­size “effi­ciency” or “ease” in motion are miss­ing at least part of the point.  Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

She also devel­oped a keen under­stand­ing of the “three-dimensionality” of move­ment, par­tic­u­larly through her pio­neer­ing work dur­ing the polio epi­demic of the 1950’s.  These chil­dren suf­fered from mus­cle con­trac­tures; the treat­ment of the day con­sisted in try­ing to stretch their mus­cles to main­tain their length. Irm­gard dis­cov­ered that a more effec­tive approach involved mobi­liz­ing her patients’ limbs and trunk through all their pos­si­ble ranges of motion while at the same time fos­ter­ing “verticality.”

These and sim­i­lar insights led to the devel­op­ment of “Barte­ni­eff Fun­da­men­tals,” an evolv­ing group of ther­a­peu­tic and body aware­ness exer­cises that embody core move­ment prin­ci­ples. I use them every day in my practice.

I value the con­tri­bu­tions she’s made to my work and that of many others"

 - Full text, and others articles from Dr. Lavine, can be found at